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'The Campaign' stars pick their VPs: Penelope Cruz versus the Kardashians?

In politics, there’s a complex calculus that presidential candidates use when they select their vice-presidential nominees. Mitt Romney is currently going through the process of selecting his Republican running mate, weighing all sorts of tangible and intangible factors: experience, regional ties, photogenic appeal, reads newspapers.

Comedians who play politicians, on the other hand, are bound by no such rules. At last night’s premiere of The Campaign, a comedy starring Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis as rival U.S. Senate candidates, the cast and crew had some outside-the-box ideas for who they would pick to be on their ticket. “I think I’d go with a Kardashian sister just to get the female vote, the popular vote, and the guy vote in one move,” said Ferrell, who plays a corrupt incumbent in the film. “Why pick one? They can rotate. If one of them gets tired or chips a nail, another one can fill in. It would be a rotating running mate system.” READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis stop by 'Daily Show' with a surprise guest -- VIDEO

Is there any situation that isn’t better with some Hamm?

Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis together, promoting their new movie The Campaign on The Daily Show last night, is already pretty great. But when Jon Stewart started lobbing easy questions at the comedians, like about pranks and hanging out together on set, the duo got faux-offended.

Outraged at Stewart for phoning in an interview, things got real awkward, real quick. Luckily, Stewart summoned an ally: One Mr. Jon Hamm. Hamm, barring a surprise cameo, is not in the movie — he just always seems to be around. Is it “Great Instigator” Hamm’s not-so-secret goal to take over all of TV? If so, I’m definitely okay with that.

And as Will Ferrell explained, “When you bring a Jon Hamm into a situation, things just happen.”

Watch things happen — complete with a Stewart Interviewing Intervention — below: READ FULL STORY

Jimmy Fallon visits 'Late Night With Zach Galifianakis'

Zach Galifianakis and Jimmy Fallon swapped identities last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, as Galifianakis acted as Late Night host for an interview with Fallon, who posed as Galifianakis. Confused much? Don’t worry, it’ll make more sense once you watch the clip.

The two funny men poked fun at the late-night talk-show tropes that characterize most interviews. The real Fallon commended the house band, the Roots, while the real Galifianakis asked the most cliché interview opener, ”How was your flight?” Fallon also praised the city where he shot his latest movie (Galifianakis’ The Campaign – in theaters Aug. 10), describing the people of New Orleans as friendly and its food as wonderful, prompting audience applause.

Before Fallon showed a clip from the film in which Galifianakis’ and Will Ferrell’s characters try to trash talk, Galifianakis made fun of himself by commenting on Fallon’s weight. ”I’ve noticed that you always gain weight for every role, but then you don’t lose it after,” he said. ”So you just keep getting fatter.”

Watch the clip below: READ FULL STORY

If Russell Crowe doesn't star in his Bill Hicks movie, who should? -- VOTE

Russell Crowe has been talking about making a Bill Hicks movie for almost five years. In fact, the chatter has gone on long enough that the 48-year-old Crowe may have aged himself out of the starring role as the politically provocative comic, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1994 at the age of 32. Crowe seems to acknowledge that fact, according to a report in the Sydney Telegraph, but he’s still intent on bringing Hicks’ life to the screen — as the film’s director. Writer Mark Staufer told the Telegraph his script is slated to go in to production “early next year,” with Crowe making his feature directorial debut.

But who should now play the iconoclastic comic, whose brilliant sets were imitated — and co-opted? — by his comedy-club peers and subsequent generations of comedians? The role is a high-risk, high-reward proposition for the right actor, not unlike Jim Carrey’s portrayal of Andy Kaufman in Man on the Moon. My choice? Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Anyone who’s seen his live HitRECord shows knows he’s a charismatic stage performer, and I have no doubt he could channel the darkness that swirled around Hicks like the plumes of smoke that lingered from his cigarettes.

John Cusack also fits the mold, especially since he seems to share some of Hicks’ politics, but he’s not much younger than Crowe. Ryan Reynolds could rejuvenate his career and I have no doubt he could deliver the caustic barbs and astute political observations that made Hicks an underground sensation.

But perhaps only a professional stand-up comic should get the right to portray Hicks. Someone like Zach Galifianakis or Patton Oswalt?

Watch a clip of the man in action, and then vote below for who you think would make the best Bill Hicks.

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Paul Rudd sings about the woman he wants to 'hold, kiss, and kill' -- VIDEO

The IFC webseries Reggie Makes Music gets more absurd and more pee-in-your-pants funny with each new celebrity guest. Paul Rudd is the latest star to make sweet improvised music with Reggie Watts.

The funny man has some big clown shoes to fill — previous webisodes starred Amy Poehler, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Cera, and Jon Hamm — but he hits just the right notes.

Watch the jam session about the woman that drives him ”loco” below.

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'Between Two Ferns' goes big time: Zach Galifianakis jousts with Tina Fey and Jon Stewart

For fans of Between Two Ferns, the hilarious bite-sized webisodes in which a passive-aggressive version of Zach Galifianakis awkwardly interviews quickly chagrined celebrities, the promise of a full-length television episode threatened to be almost too much of a good thing. Would Comedy Central, which aired the special last night before The Comedy Awards, ruin the low-rent vibe of the show by throwing millions of Viacom dollars at the funnyman? And could the show hold up over the course of a half hour, rather than the quick four-minute hits that have so delighted you during your lunch break.

Have no fear, Ferners. Though Galifianakis sported a tuxedo and a new high-rise set, and modeled the show after one of Oprah or Barbara Walters’ pre-Oscar specials to celebrate “entertainment’s biggest night, the second annual Comedy Awards,” Between Two Ferns: A Fairytale of New York was as antagonistic and hilarious as ever. Watch the clip of his interview with “absentee mother” Tina Fey below, as well as bits of his time with Jon Stewart and Sir Richard Branson: READ FULL STORY

Will Ferrell, Billy Crystal, Zach Galifianakis, and Conan O'Brien are up for Webby Awards

There’s something funny about this year’s Webby nominees. The long list of potential prize recipients includes a surplus of famous comedians — such as Will Ferrell (nominated for Best Individual Performance for his role as George W. Bush), Billy Crystal (Best Individual Performance for his aged Harry Burns), Zach Galifianakis (Variety Video for “Between Two Ferns”), and Conan O’Brien (Celebrity/Fan Site for Team Coco). If any of these funnymen win, they’ll be charged with giving an acceptance speech that’s just five words long. Doesn’t sound too hard, does–?

Other nominees include virtual boldface names like CollegeHumor, Spotify, and Pinterest. Instagram didn’t make the cut — but somehow, we think they’re feeling just fine. READ FULL STORY

'The Hangover Part III': Is three the magic number?

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It’s official: The Wolfpack will come howling back next spring. Warner Bros. president Jeff Robinov announced yesterday that The Hangover‘s three-quel will hit theaters on May 24, 2013. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, and Zach Galifianakis are all set to reprise their roles in the new film — as is Todd Phillips, who’s both directing and co-writing the movie with Craig Mazin, his Hangover II collaborator. In the release, Phillips refers to Part III as the franchise’s final chapter, adding, “It will be a fitting conclusion to our three-part opera of mayhem, despair, and bad decisions.” READ FULL STORY

Meghan McCain's 'Playboy' interview: 'SNL,' Bristol Palin, reality TV, and other highlights

Meghan McCain opened up to Playboy about her life as a famous politician’s daughter (and politico in her own right), her time interning for Saturday Night Live, and Bristol Palin. The outspoken blonde has some fightin’ words for the Game Changer’s daughter. Below, we pick some of the best bites from her “20 questions” interview. READ FULL STORY

'Crazy, Stupid, Love,' 'Bridesmaids,' 'Modern Family,' '30 Rock,' lead Comedy Awards nominations

The nominations for the second annual Comedy Awards were announced today. Television series Modern Family and 30 Rock and films Bridesmaids and Crazy, Stupid, Love all lead the pack with five nominations apiece, while Louis C.K. also picked up five nods, three of which come from his FX series Louie.

Nominees for the awards were selected by the Comedy Awards Board of Directors, which include high-profile comedians like Conan O’Brien, Stephen Colbert, Carol Burnett, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, and Lily Tomlin, according to Deadline. The Comedy Awards will be presented on April 28 in New York City and will air May 6 on Comedy Central. Choice nominees are below. The full list is available on the Awards’ official site. READ FULL STORY

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